TDP MLA R. Krishnaiah plans to float backward classes party in Telangana

Hyderabad: In what might deal another blow to the already-weakened Telugu Desam Party (TDP) in Telangana, one of its legislators R. Krishnaiah said he is contemplating launching his own political party.

The legislator from the L. B. Nagar constituency, who is a backward classes (BC) leader, said he is considering the option to float his own BC outfit, banking on the state’s 50%-plus BC population.

“There is a big demand to float a party for BCs, as no political party is giving substantial seats to the community in spite of it making up about 52% of Telangana’s population. Talks are ongoing with BC leaders and organisations. But I have not quit the TDP yet,” Krishnaiah told Mint. He said there are only 19 BC MLAs in the 119-member state assembly.

The TDP had 15 legislators after the 2014 assembly elections, but is left with only two now.

The party’s working president A. Revanth Reddy switched loyalties to the Congress last October, followed by 12 other legislators who have defected to the ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS). Some of them were made cabinet ministers.

Political analyst Palwai Raghavendra Reddy described Krishnaiah as a credible BC leader saying he has been part of BC movements from the 1980s in the state.

A TDP official said that there has been no communication from Krishnaiah’s side about the matter.livemint